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Social Butterflies (#MFRWAuthor)

Published May 18, 2018 by francesothomas

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This week, we authors of romance will talk about our favorite social media platforms. I spend far too much time on social media. Time I should be devoting to, oh, I don’t know, writing maybe.

On Twitter, I have two handles. The first is @RusticTropics for romance and girly type pursuits. The second is @FrancesOThomas for my more serious side. That one revolves around empowerment for women.

I could scroll through Facebook posts for hours and, sadly, often do. In my own defense, I live far away from family, and FB is my main source of news about relatives. I also rely on FB for news of what’s happening in my community. Just as on Twitter, I have two pages for my “split personality.” One is fiction and romance, the other educational psychology oriented.

I’m also on LinkedIn and Pinterest, although I don’t do much on either site.

I’d be delighted if readers followed me or connected on any of the above channels.

Check out other social butterfly authors here.

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I’ll Take Romance (#MFRWAuthor)

Published May 11, 2018 by francesothomas

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This week’s topic is my most romantic memory. It probably says a lot about me that this memory concerns food.

My husband and I took a trip to California a while ago. We rented a turquoise Chrysler convertible and set off north from San Francisco on Highway 1. The scenic road took us along the coast, through the redwoods, from winery to winery. Our northernmost destination was Fort Bragg, California.

This small town was originally a military garrison prior to the Civil War. Nowadays it is a picturesque area with an artsy downtown.

What I remember most is sitting across for each other in a candlelit booth eating the most delectable bowl of cream of mushroom soup and drinking white wine. Obviously, the way to my heart is through my stomach.

To read about other authors’ romantic memories, go here.

Special Note:

I am offering a Mother’s Day special. On May11, 12, and 13, The Lady Is a Mayor, the first book in my Calusa Town Tales series, is free. Get it here.

Gotta be a better way (#MFRWAuthor)

Published May 4, 2018 by francesothomas

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Uh oh. It’s week 18 in the Marketing for Romance Writers bog challenge, and the topic is how do I work up character/setting profiles. Short answer: I don’t.

I have tried. I really have. I tried to figure out Scrivener software since other authors swore by how much it helped them.  I failed miserably.

I tried Microsoft One Note. I managed to list names of characters in my Calusa Town Tales series. That’s not the same as character profiles. What passes for character profiles are all in my head, not on paper.

As far as setting profiles go, my Tales are set on a fictional island that is based on the real island where I live. I use some of the landmarks but call them by different names. Other landmarks I just make up as I go along.

I’m looking forward to reading how my fellow authors go about this here.